Virginia Age of Majority Law

Minors – Age of Majority – Virginia

“Adult” means a person 18 years of age or more.

Title 1, Chapter 2.1, Article 2, § 1-203.

For the purposes of all laws of the Commonwealth including common law, case law, and the acts of the General Assembly, unless an exception is specifically provided in this Code, a person shall be an adult, shall be of full age, and shall reach the age of majority when he becomes 18 years of age.

Title 1, Chapter 2.1, Article 2, § 1-204.

“Child,” “juvenile,” “minor,” “infant,” or any combination thereof means a person less than 18 years of age.

Title 1, Chapter 2.1, Article 2, § 1-207.

Age of Majority
18 (§1-13.42)

Emancipation
By judicial petition at age 16 (§16.1-331 et seq.)

Contracts
Voidable subject to making restitution when possible with various exceptions for necessities (common law)

Ability to Sue
Next friend; defendant infant represented by guardian ad litem (§8.01-8)

Consent to Medical Treatment
Minors may consent to treatment for venereal disease, pregnancy, substance abuse, or mental illness. Married minors may consent to any treatment (§54.1-2969 (E)).


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